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Welcome to your Wednesday Edition of Strata Life

Reminder: There will be NO Friday edition of Strata Life this week due to Thursday's ANZAC Day public holiday and resulting long weekend for many.

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NSW parking offender’s car be towed

NSW: Can a parking offender’s car be towed from common property?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We have a non resident who irregularly uses visitor parking while he commutes. He has no connection with our scheme. Are we able to tow his car and is it the best option?
VIC Mechanical Breakdown Insurance

VIC: Do We Really Need Mechanical Breakdown Insurance?

Simon Plummer, StrataRatings
Question: Although we don’t have any lifts or elevators just an electronic gate, we have been told we need mechanical breakdown insurance as part of our policy renewal.
QLD Air Conditioning Units on Balconies

QLD: Q&A We've Been Told to Install Cages Around Our Air Conditioning Units on Balconies

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: Is there legislation which requires owners to cage their air conditioning units on balconies? Our Strata Manager has instructed us to have this done at our cost.
WA Shared Strata Water Meter

WA: Q&A Shared Strata Water Meter – A Lot Owner Refuses to Pay

Jordan Dinga, Abode Strata
Question: In our self managed strata we have a shared water meter and divide usage between 4 units. One lot owner is refusing to pay their portion. How do we handle this situation?
NAT Strata claim outcome

NAT: Not satisfied with a Strata claim outcome? There are options to take it further

Renee Cassidy,
Whitbread Insurance Brokers

Receiving a Letter of Denial for an insurance claim isn’t a particularly welcome outcome, especially if you feel the insurance claim should have been covered under the policy.  However, a denial letter doesn't have to be the end of the road for a claim...!
NSW Repairs By-Law

NSW: 5 Most Useful By-laws:
5. Repairs By-Law

Adrian Mueller,
JS Mueller & Co Lawyers

Number 5 Most Useful By-law is the Repairs By-law.
Why is the Repairs ByLaw needed? What Does it Cover? What are the Pitfalls?
From written consent to unauthorised renovations, we take a closer look at this bylaw.
Hynes Legal

Last Edition's Star Articles

QLD Body Corporate Spending

QLD: Q&A Body Corporate Spending Without Required Approvals

Todd Garsden,
Hynes Legal
NSW New Committee

NSW: Q&A Can We Contact All Owners to Rally for a New Committee?

David Bannerman,
Bannermans Lawyers

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NSW: Enter the SCA NSW Strata Community and Engagement Award

The City of Sydney is a proud sponsor of SCA NSW Strata Community and Engagement Award which recognises strata schemes that are working to reduce their impact on the environment. Entries are now open and close on 31 May. Calling for nominations from all of NSW. 

WA: Inquiry on Short‐Stay Accom Sector 

Two days of hearings will be held in Margaret River on 30 April - 1 May. Anyone wishing to address the Committee for 3 to 5 mins on these matters can nominate for a session. These public depositions will be recorded and will form part of the official Inquiry evidence for the Committee to consider.

VIC: Owners Corporations and Other Acts Amendment Bill

The release of the exposure draft provides a final opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the proposed reforms before the Bill is finalised for introduction into Parliament. Submissions close 10 May, 2019

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Upcoming Events

New South Wales

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Meetings: Strata Committees: Roles and responsibilities Sydney: 30 Apr, 6 – 8 pm

City of Sydney: RBM Training program - Session 1 Barangaroo: 1 May, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Committee Training Chatswood: 8 May, 9 am – 1:30 pm

LRS: Strata Plan Interpretation Seminar Sydney: 14 May, 2 – 4:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Committee Training Chatswood: 15 May, 9 am – 1:30 pm

City of Sydney: RBM Training program - Session 2 Barangaroo: 28 May, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Women In Strata: Charity Karaoke Night Sydney: 30 May, 6 – 10 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Paws: Living with pets in apartments Sydney: 4 Jun, 6 – 8 pm

FMA: Resi Strata Info Network Session - Fire Sydney: 3 Jul


Nightingale 1 public tour Brunswick: 2 May, 10 - 11 am

FMA: Resi Strata Info Network Session - Fire Melbourne: 4 Jul

Upcoming Events


2019 SCA Conference Auckland, New Zealand: 11 - 13 June


Smart Strata: Community Education Seminar - Insurance Readiness Program & Strata Mythbusters! 

Western Australia

SCA WA: PD - Defects: Asking the right questions at the right time Bentley: 9 May, 8 - 10:30 am

SCA WA: Owner Workshop - Open Panel Session Wembley: 16 May, 2 - 5 pm

NABERS Information Morning Session Perth: 23 May, 9 - 10 am

NABERS Information Afternoon Session Perth: 23 May, 3 - 4 pm
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